Biochemical studies on 5'-nucleotidase of Schwann cells in degenerated nerve

S. M. Ross, M. I. Sabri, Peter Spencer

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This report describes the partial characterization of 5'-nucleotidase (5'-AMPase) in Schwann-cell plasmalemmae (PM) prepared from degenerated cat sciatic nerve. 5'-AMPase was enriched 3.7-fold in the PM fraction over that of the crude homogenate preparation. The plant lectin concanavalin-A (Con-A) reduced Schwann cell PM 5'-AMPase activity in a concentration-dependent manner (30-600 μg/ml). Plasma membrane 5'-AMPase activity was maximally inhibited to 20% of control values by Con-A (400-600 μg/ml), and activity returned to control levels by pretreatment with the hapten sugar α-methyl-D-mannoside (50 mM). Equimolar concentrations of UDP and ADP (100 μM) reduced the rate of hydrolysis of labeled AMP to labeled adenosine in PM to 45% and 35% of controls, respectively. This is the first study to characterize a Schwann-cell PM enzyme and demonstrates that 5'-AMPase may be used as a Schwann-cell PM marker enzyme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-327
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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